Best Time to Visit – Madagascar

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor

September to November is a lovely time to be on the beach. The cool, dry months, from May to October, are best for hiking. However, the coldest months, June to September, are not as good to see some animals. The shoulder months (April, May, October and November) are best for serious wildlife viewing. January and February, the height of the Wet season, is best avoided.

Best Time April, May and September to November (Less rain, good wildlife)
High Season July, August and December holidays (Popular parks get crowded)
Low Season January, February, March (Low-season rates might apply, less busy)
Best Weather April, May, October and November (Mild weather, less rain)
Worst Weather January to February (Wettest months)

May to October Dry Season Winter

  • Less rain and the forest paths are drier
  • Many lemurs have babies in October
  • Beaches are lovely during September and October
  • Reptiles and some mammals are less active from June to September
  • It gets cold at night in some areas
  • Popular parks get busy from July to August

November to April Wet Season Summer

  • Orchids bloom from January to March
  • September to December are the best bird-watching months
  • Reptiles and some mammals are more active
  • Some parks become inaccessible from January to March
  • January to February is the cyclone season on the east coast
  • It rains a lot in some parks and the humidity is high
  • Forest paths can become very muddy and slippery

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Madagascar by Major Park

Most parks offer year-round wildlife viewing. Parks such as Andasibe-Mantadia, Ranomafana and Masoala, located in the central highlands and on the east coast, are at their best April, May, October and November. At this time it doesn’t rain too much, and wildlife viewing is at its peak. The dry southwest, including Berenty PR, tends to be very hot from December to March, so is best visited from April to November.

Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor

Want to Visit Madagascar?